December 9, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Hip, Hip... Disarray!
Is there a Republican sex scandal brewing in DC? Is Joementum
the new Zell? Is the "War On Festivus" nextivus? What
do you get when you combine comics, blogging, and logic? Plus, Dubya's
poll-driven drivel, Rove's expensive yet sucky defense, and holiday
shopping ideas for the resoundingly average child from Baby Bush
But first... which political party is actually "in disarray?" Ahem.
NOUN: A lack of order or regular arrangement:
chaos, clutter, confusedness, confusion, derangement,
disarrangement, disorder, disorderedness, disorderliness,
disorganization, jumble, mess, mix-up, muddle,
muss, scramble, topsy-turviness, tumble. Slang
And Republicans accuse Democrats of being "in disarray?" What
Joe, Hillary & Howard
Jeez, you'd think Joe Lieberman was the last living Democrat on
the planet. The Republicans, including George "Jumping-Jaw"
Bush and Dick "F-U" Cheney, have quoted Sen. Joe Lieberman's support
for "staying the course in Iraq" so often this week, I've completely
lost count. Add a dash of Hillary hatred and a pinch of Howard Dean
dissing... et voilą - Democratic Disarray!
is on this story like white on rice and points out the reason for
the dominant media's joyous echo: "It's one of the iron-clad principles
of Pre$$titution: Bush may be down, but Democrats are worse."
Was it only last month that Taegan
Goddard's Political Wire published this post?
Republicans in Disarray
To those who need proof the elections this week
had national implications for Republicans, look
no further than Capitol Hill.
The New York Times: "The postponement on a contentious
budget-cutting bill was a striking display of
the discord and political anxiety running through
the Republican Party."
The Washington Post: "House Republican leaders
are forced to pull their budget-cutting bill off
the House floor amid growing dissension in Republican
The Wall Street Journal: "Plagued by internal
divisions, Republicans stumbled badly on two budget
fronts... Republican leaders insisted that the
setbacks were temporary. But the level of disarray
was striking, and the delays throw a monkey wrench
into plans to wrap up this session of Congress."
I've also lost count of the Republicans who've called for our
troops to come home since Congressman Murtha spoke truth to power.
Did anyone in the dominant media add this to the long list of "Republican
Disarray" talking points? I didn't think so.
Another Republican rule of thumb: when in doubt, change the subject.
Which brings us to...
Dubya's Department of Compartmentalization
Blinders On, Mr. President? Today is Economy Day, not Iraq Day.
Got that, Sir?
Don't you just love it when a manly man like George W. Bush stays
the course and ignores all other topics when he speechifies? Last
week President Dubya decided not to include news of ten Marine troop
deaths during his Rose Garden "gee, our economy is swell" notecard-reading
photo-op, even though he'd been informed the night before and briefed
the morning of the speech. Judd (at Think
Progress) has the details and the Snotty McClellan
press corps transcript confirmation.
By the way, George W.'s Big Fat Iraq Speech was written by a pollster.
Yep, It's a fact. Editor & Publisher dissects
the New York Times story on Peter D. Feaver, pollster/professor/presidential
advisor and speech writer, and incudes this choice Times quote from
a Feaver colleague:
"The Pentagon doesn't need the president
to give a speech and post a document on the White
House Web site to know how to fight the insurgents.
The document is clearly targeted at American public
But the Democrats are the ones in disarray, aren't they? Why all
these speeches now - two and a half years later - if not to appeal
to Bush's incredible shrinking base? TVNewsLies calls the president
(with good reason) "Deaf
Man Talking." Sigh.
What do you get when you combine comics, blogging and logic? Com*Log*ic,
of course! Magickmuffin, blogging via Blogger.com only since October,
has managed to translate news stories and weird GOP logic into original
comics and commentary unlike any other blogger I know of.
If by Tom DeLay's defense that checks are not
the same as cash, then how come checks are used
How do you think it is possible to receive corporate
campaign money through your PAC (which is illegal
under Texas law), then funnel that money through
the GOP's coffers, then have that money funneled
back into the Texas candidates races in the exact
same amount of the corporate checks?
Watch out, Magickmuffin - you're way too smart for your own good.
(I hope to learn more about what makes Magickmuffin's excellent
blog tick in the near future. Stay tuned.)
Oops... time for BushCo to change the subject...
Oh My God! We've killed #3! Maybe.
Stop talking about Tom DeLay - "we" have captured and/or
killed a #3 Al Qaeda leader (note: #3, not another #2 - "we" probably
couldn't get away with that claim again).
Wait, though - his body is missing. Maybe he's alive and just missing
a leg or something. Or maybe he's been resurrected... so we can
kill him again. Blah3.com
has the particulars and writes: "Al Qaeda must be Arabic for 'won't
stay dead' or something."
Can't dwell on this story, though. Quick! Look over there! The
godless horde is trying to keep religious stamps off of our envelopes!
Department Store Deity Disarray
Is the "War On Festivus" nextivus? Probably not, but
the so-called WOC (War On Christmas) isn't just for stores any more.
reaches way down deep to find the truth behind those rumors of "No
more religious US postage stamps. Ever." Guess whose right-wing
blogabimbo DNA you'd find if you yanked hard enough at the root
of this story? Here's a hint from Anarchitect's post title: "Newsflash:
Malkin Full of Shit on Stamps."
For more news on the War On Christmas front, check out Scoobie
Davis' hilarious phone call to Bill O'Reilly and
World According To Pooh's burning question: "Christians
say W not Christian enough. How long before Bill O'Reilly denounces
Rove's Defense In Disarray
between-the-lines analysis of David Corn's "Mystery Of The Second
Novak" makes more sense than anything written, edited, vetted, and
printed by all of the major newspapers on the Viveca Novak connection
put together. And Atrios's
single-sentence take on the second Novak would make the best headline:
"Luskin, according to sources close to Viveca Novak, was a longtime
source of hers, not a close friend (as has been wrongly reported)."
Speaking of "wrongly reported"...
DAMN! (Dominant American Media Nexis)
When Ed Strong (The
Daily Mindbender) begins a tirade like this,
you know it's going to be a keeper:
One of the more depressing phenomena in our time
is the frequency with which dominant (so-called
"mainstream") U.S. media reports without question
the most mendacious imaginable utterances of criminal
How many times in recent years have we seen television
newscasters dumbly relay the Bush White House's
blatantly false claim that its massive and starkly
regressive tax cuts for the wealthy few provide
serious "tax relief" for "the middle class" and
"everyone who pays taxes?"
How many times have we witnessed "mainstream"
(concentrated corporate-state) media unquestioningly
broadcast the laughable notion that the Bush administration
wants to establish "democracy" and "freedom" in
Hey, Ed. Here's a topic for you to consider: Media Silent On Possible
Republican Sex Scandal.
According to The
Sometimes we read too many political clips and
overlook some amazing things staring us in the
face. Among those in Monday's edition, this little
factoid, culled from Sunday's San Diego Union-Tribune
blockbuster digging deeper into the Duke Cunningham's
relationship with "co-conspirator No. 1," a.k.a.
lobbyist Brent Wilkes.
According to the U-T, Wilkes also "ran a hospitality
suite, with several bedrooms, in" DC -- "first
in the Watergate Hotel and then" in a Capitol
Psst! "In a Capitol Hill hotel" usually means either The Mayflower
or The Hilton.
Holiday Shopping Ideas From Baby Bush Toys
should Republicans buy for their resoundingly average Baby BushBots?
Baby Bush Toys
has the perfect holiday gift selection! Choices include:
Terror Alert Xylophone (pictured left)
Twisty Thing That Is Red
Circle Of Liberty Puzzle
Lil' Looming Disaster Pillow
The Red Ball Counter
All toys are priced to please even the most discerning Bush supporter.
Democratic Disarray, My Ass!
Republicans believe if they change the subject often enough, no
one will notice that their party is the one in total disarray. They
also believe that accusing Democrats of that which best describes
their own party is not news. Oh, it's news, Repukes - and it's despicable.
I watched this same scenario play out with Walter Mondale: voters
all said that they "liked and respected" Mondale, but "he's changed
his mind too often for me to support him. He just lacks a coherent
plan." Sound familiar?
This is what I've learned about Republicans over the years: they
believe it's better to have a piss-poor plan and stick to it at
all bloody cost (and I do mean bloody!) because that way, no one
can accuse your party of being "in disarray." And to Republicans,
that is a fate far worse than, say, 2100+ troop deaths.
Frankly, I'd rather have leaders whose plans evolve as the facts
on the ground change. Leaders who challenge each other to come up
with the best plan possible, not just the most politically helpful
plan. Leaders who do the right thing, damn it!
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